Atmospheric bioaerosols transported via dust storms in the western United States

AMS Citation:
Hallar, A. G., G. Chirokova, I. McCubbin, T. H. Painter, C. Wiedinmyer, and C. Dodson, 2011: Atmospheric bioaerosols transported via dust storms in the western United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L17801, doi:10.1029/2011GL048166.
Date:2011-09-03
Resource Type:article
Title:Atmospheric bioaerosols transported via dust storms in the western United States
Abstract: Measurements are presented showing the presence of biological material within frequent dust storms in the western United States. Previous work has indicated that biological particles were enhancing the impact of dust storms on the formation of clouds. This paper presents multiple case studies, between April and May 2010, showing the presence of and quantifying the amount of biological material via an Ultraviolet Aerodynamic Particle Sizer during dust events. All dust storms originated in the Four Corners region in the western Untied States and were measured at Storm Peak Laboratory, a high elevation facility in northwestern Colorado. From an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer, the mean dust particle size during these events was approximately 1 μm, with number concentrations between 6 cm⁻³ and 12 cm⁻³. Approximately 0.2% of these dust particles had fluorescence signatures, indicating the presence of biological material.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2011 American Geophysical Union.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d7s75gxg
Publisher's Version: 10.1029/2011GL048166
Author(s):
  • A. Hallar
  • Galina Chirokova
  • Ian McCubbin
  • Thomas Painter
  • Christine Wiedinmyer - NCAR/UCAR
  • Craig Dodson
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